British writer Davies is probably best known in the United States for his authorized biography of the Beatles, published in 1996, but he has actually written over 30 other works, among them biographies and travel books. Many of his titles have a distinct British flavor, and this one is no exception. Based primarily on Davies's interviews of expatriates who left Britain to find "paradise" on one of the islands and of native islanders who left to live and work in Britain and then decided to return, the book consists of descriptions of all the islands of the West Indies, thoughtful discussions of the way of life, as well as the author's often very personal remarks. While well written and unique, this rather expensive travelog is specialized in focus and hence not a necessary purchase for most libraries. Recommended only for large public and academic libraries. John McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.